2nd Annual LAIS International Graduate Student Conference: Borders, Power and Transgression

Friday, April 9 at 9:00am to 4:00pm

A border is what separates things, and the border’s very existence is inseparable both from the power that sustains it and from the possibility of its transgression. In recent years, the relationship between borders—political, geographical and symbolic—and State power has taken on a special significance in the public arena. Transgression, for its part, is an ambivalent term, as it may encompass very different ideas—from resistance against oppression to the erosion of institutions on behalf of authoritarianism or corporate profit. Analyzing borders and power must take this ambivalence into account.

In this conference graduate students from the US and the world will discuss borders as a broad and fluid concept, encompassing not only geographical or political boundaries, but also questions like gender, race, ethnicity, discursive practices, and more broadly, notions like limit, frontier, division and critique. There will be contributions from a variety of disciplines in the social sciences, the humanities and the arts.


Keynote Guests

April 7, 3:00PM to 4:30PM (PST)

Conversation with historian Christine Hünefeldt: "Crafting Borders?"

CHRISTINE HUNEFELDT, Professor Emeritus, History, University of California San Diego


April 8, 1:30PM to 3:00PM (PST)

Border Thinking & Living la Vida Fronteriza (the Border Life)

MELISSA WRIGHT, Professor, Geography,  Pennsylvania State University


April 9, 2:00PM to 3:30PM (PST)

Assessing the Damage: Reflections on the Trump Administration’s Dismantling of the U.S. Asylum System

KAI MEDEIROS, J.D., Staff Attorney, American Bar Association, Immigration Justice Project, San Diego